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Jason Segel replaces Nicholas in “The Discovery”

Deadline is reporting that Nicholas has dropped out of “The Discovery” due to scheduling conflicts. He is being replaced by Jason Segel.

Robert Redford and Jason Segel have joined Rooney Mara in Charlie McDowell’s The Discovery. Segel is replacing the originally cast Nicholas Hoult, who is said to have dropped out of the picture which is scheduled to go before the cameras later this month because of scheduling conflicts. The actor had been attached to the picture since last fall. The film, written by McDowell and Justin Lader, will shoot in Rhode Island.

The scheduling conflict is with Rebel in the Rye in which Hoult is starring in as author J.D. Salinger with Kevin Spacey. Directed by Danny Strong (who scripted The Butler), the film is prepping to go before the cameras next month. Hoult is also part of director’s Xavier Dolan’s English-language debut The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan with Natalie Portman and Thandie Newton. That project is scheduled now for a fall start.

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Nicholas and Rooney Mara to star in “The Discovery”

Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara and Nicholas Hoult will star in the supernatural love story “The Discovery, ” Endgame Entertainment announced Tuesday.

Charlie McDowell will direct the high-concept project, set in a world where existence of an afterlife has been scientifically proven. The script was co-written by McDowell and Justin Lader, who previously collaborated on Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss’ “The One I Love.”

Hoult plays the son of the man who discovers the afterlife, with Mara starring as his love interest. Shooting is set to begin in January in Rhode Island.

Alex Orlovsky of Verisimilitude will produce alongside James D. Stern of Endgame, who is co-financing with Protagonist Pictures. The movie will be presented to buyers at the American Film Market, with ICM Partners handling domestic rights.

Hoult is represented by UTA. Mara is represented by WME and Management 360. ICM Partners and MGMT Entertainment represent both McDowell and Lader.

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